30 June 2015

Score Safety, Style, and Comfort with UNIQLO BABIES



One of the fun parts of being a parent is getting to dress up your baby. I really love dressing up Zack! I even made an outfit post section of him here on my blog. :) But when it comes to dressing him up, I only choose stylish pieces which are perfect for mixing and matching and which can also provide him comfort all day. And in choosing the perfect clothes for our babies, I believe that we must prioritize safety above all. Unlike clothes for adults that mostly prioritize trend over comfort, our babies' wardrobes should only consist of clothes that are not only fashionable but are also comfortable and safe to wear.

Score Style, Safety, and Comfort with UNIQLO BABIES

During an event held last week at SM Aura, me and other mommy bloggers were introduced to Japanese clothing and high-street brand UNIQLO Philippines' new clothing collection that is carefully designed and engineered to be safe for babies. It was definitely a great news for me! I've always loved UNIQLO's round neck shirts and jeans as their items have superb quality and affordable prices. And I love that my son can now enjoy their products!

Score Style, Safety, and Comfort with UNIQLO BABIES

So what makes UNIQLO's Babies Collection unique? Following the global Oeko-Tex Standard 100, UNIQLO makes sure that every piece of clothing is free of harmful substances and meets the highest standards. UNIQLO’s Baby Wear are categorized as Class 1— the safest classification under the Oeko-Tex Standard. From the raw material used to the finished product, all clothes are made sure to be formalin-free to ensure the health and safety of babies. 

Score Style, Safety, and Comfort with UNIQLO BABIES
Adorable onesies from the UNIQLO Babies Collection

“UNIQLO is focused in providing stylish and safe clothing essentials for babies. We closely monitor our manufacturing process to make sure that our products meet global strict standards,” says Katsumi Kubota, Chief Operating Officer of Fast Retailing Philippines, Inc. “We apply strict checks on our entire baby’ garments, from the material color and pattern, buttons, zippers, and even the sewing threads,” Kubota explains.  

Score Style, Safety, and Comfort with UNIQLO BABIES Delamar Arias Nikka Martinez Garcia
Host Mommy Delamar Arias with Mommy Nikka Martinez Garcia

The best quality control is applied to the smallest details of the baby range.  While care labels are commonly sewn inside clothes, UNIQLO’s had its ones placed outside to prevent irritation. A special sewing technique is also used to remove any unevenness on the cloth or threads to keep the skin of babies safe. The clothes, moreover, also undergo tests for more than 200 chemical substances during the planning and production stages. 

Score Style, Safety, and Comfort with UNIQLO BABIES Delamar Arias Nikka Martinez Garcia
Host Delamar Arias
Score Style, Safety, and Comfort with UNIQLO BABIES Delamar Arias Nikka Martinez Garcia
Mommy Nikka Martinez Garcia

During the said event, we were joined by Mommies Delamar Arias and Nikka Martinez-Garcia who are both pregnant. And as expecting mommies, they are very particular when it comes to the clothes that their babies would be wearing. As for Nikka, she wanted clothes that are not only fashionable but also safe for her baby. She also wanted something that would be easy to put on and to remove, just like the super cute onesies from UNIQLO's Babies Collection. She is definitely happy and excited about the new babies clothing line of UNIQLO.

Score Style, Safety, and Comfort with UNIQLO BABIES Delamar Arias Nikka Martinez Garcia
Mommies Delamar and Nikka with UNIQLO Philippines' Executives

To keep to its commitment of providing safe products to babies, UNIQLO will also be adopting an original quality standard later this year. This is another step for the brand to conduct strict product management and finally assume final responsibility to its clothes.  Kubota finishes, “Every parent wants to give the best to their babies. We want to help them with that by providing safe fashion choices.” 

Score Style, Safety, and Comfort with UNIQLO BABIES Delamar Arias Nikka Martinez Garcia

The “Babies” collection is initially being carried only in 5 stores—Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM North EDSA, SM Aura, and Powerplant Mall. Now, the collection is already available in 11 more UNIQLO outlets namely SM Pampanga, SM Clark, Robinsons Manila, SM BF ParaƱaque, SM Southmall, Gateway, SM City San Lazaro, SM Makati, and Robinsons Magnolia. Nine different baby clothing categories will be available in 16 UNIQLO stores.

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26 June 2015

#MinionsatMcDo: Celebrate Minions Banana Festival at McDonald's!



Are you ready to go bananas over the latest Minions craze? I sure am! Kevin, Stuart, and Bob, stars of the Minions Movie, are definitely back and they have taken over McDonald's. A full Minions experience is yours at McDo's Minions Banana Festival - an awesome treat that kids and even adults will absolutely enjoy. 


During the McDonald's Minions Family Day held last Saturday at McDonald's West Avenue branch, me and other fellow mommy bloggers were the first to know what's in store for everyone during the Minions Banana Festival. We were also treated to our McDo favorites (mine's Chicken McDo!!!) while having fun with various Minions games and face painting and enjoying a complete family bonding experience. 


To begin with, McDo came up with new Minions Happy Meal toys. I don't think any Minions invasion could be complete without the Minions Happy Meal toys! 10 Minions collectibles will be available with every Happy Meal starting today, June 26. But I might have to collect them all cause they're so irresistible! 


Here are the 10 adorable Minions collectibles that comes with every McDo Happy Meal:


From top to bottom: Groovy Stuart, Guard Minion, Chatting Bob, Martial Arts Minion, Minion Caveman, Guitar Strumming Stuart, Minion Vampire, Lava Shooting Kevin, Egyptian Hula Minion, and Marching Minion Soldier. So far, Zack's favorites are the Chatting Bob and Guitar Strumming Stuart! And my personal favorite is the Hula Minion. :)


Aside from the Minions Happy Meal toys, also included in the Minions Banana Festival are the Minions Combos featuring an array of Minions-themed desserts. And I don't think there could be any better McDo combo than their McDonald’s World Famous Fries with the all-new Minions-themed desserts. This would definitely make a perfect snack combination for you and your friends. 


There are four McDo Fries and Dessert Combo that are available during the Minions Banana Festival. These are the Minions Medium Fries and McFloat Combo (Php65), Minions Medium Fries and McFlurry Combo (Php95), Minions BFF Fries and McFloat Combo (Php165), Minions BFF Fries and McFlurry Combo (Php225). Ther BFF Fries Combo are definitely perfect for sharing (unless you're extra hungry ;))!


Of course, these desserts are available separately. Try the new Honey Banana McFloat, a sweet and refreshing banana and honey flavored drink topped with vanilla soft serve for only Php27. In the mood for a McFlurry? You have a choice between two new and exciting McFlurry flavors. Discover the Banana McFlurry with Oreo (Php50) where a classic gets a banana-licious twist, as banana flavor is mixed with Oreo bits in vanilla soft serve. You can also have the Banana Crumble McFlurry (Php50), made with crushed graham and banana flavor blended in creamy vanilla soft serve. Between the two, my fave is definitely the Banana Crumble McFlurry! Everything just goes well in that cup of McFlurry!


McDonald’s is also introducing the Minions Banana McDip, a delicious vanilla soft serve covered in banana-flavored dip on a blue wafer cone—one of the cutest dessert items you’ll ever see and taste for only Php15. 


Head over to McDonald’s to see the Minions Movie come to life! Bring the entire family or barkada and find a Minions treat for everyone. Be sure to try these Minions Happy Meal and menu offers at any McDonald’s stores nationwide ASAP as they are available for a limited time only!

Share your love for the Minions at McDonald’s via the official Facebook fan page, www.facebook.com/mcdo.ph, or by tagging @McDo_PH to your sweet and funny McDo moments on Twitter or Instagram. #MinionsAtMcDo

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23 June 2015

Western Union launches rewards program for its My WU loyalty program



What was once a successful loyalty program has now evolved into something even better as Western Union introduces an innovative rewards program to compliment their My WU program. My WU unlocks a world of products and services to help Filipinos move money for better.

With one personal number that My WU gives, every registered member will be granted exclusive privileges and rewards. With My WU membership, there are no cards, just a faster and hassle-free transaction processing.


My WU’s user friendly interface in www.mywu.com/ph allows members to easily access their My WU Membership account, check their points balance, rewards they are eligible for and redeem these rewards online. 

If in need of any assistance, My WU’s customer care service has enhanced call center tools to make addressing concerns and inquiries simple and speedy via customer service hotline no. 888-1200.

“For 25 years, Western Union has been helping millions of Filipinos in moving money for better and to reinforce this commitment, we have introduced a rewards program to give consumers the preferential care they deserve. The My WU membership rewards program is better than its predecessor, the Gold Card program as it adds essential value to every migrant’s contributions through points and rewards,” says Patricia Riingen, Western Union, senior vice president, Southeast Asia & Oceania.

My WU points and rewards will accumulate for members sending and receiving funds through the Western Union service. Every domestic transaction (send or receive) will earn 10 My WU points while international send transactions earn 30 My WU points and international receive transactions earn 10 My WU points. 

This year, members can redeem rewards and enjoy a McDonald’s Crispy Chicken Fillet meal or a sundae cone for every 100 and 50 points, respectively. 

My WU members also stand the chance to win big at a monthly raffle. All eligible international and domestic transactions made by My WU members within a particular month will be automatically entered into a raffle draw to win exciting prizes such as Family Phone Bundle, Scholastic Package, Kitchen Showcase, Bedroom Enhancement Package, Smart Gadgets Package, Family Luggage Showcase and Family Entertainment Package. 

Term and conditions apply to the above rewards; please visit any Western Union® Agent location or www.mywu.com/ph for details.

To apply for free membership, register at www.mywu.com/ph or at any Western Union Agent location.

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21 June 2015

Fresh and Mint



I love how the word mint's several meanings seem appropriate for this blog post. For one, I am wearing a mint green top and second, I feel like I am in mint condition after our quick vacation at Batangas. Vacations and getaways are indeed fast means to feel at ease and to remove all the stress we get from our everyday lives.  Even though school hasn't started yet for me, I feel so bothered and worried all the time about my grades, Z, my blog, and all sorts of things that probably does not even matter. I may seem so secure and sure of myself, but there are times when I doubt myself and everything that's going on with me. 

Forever 21 top, Layla Sunglasses from Sunnies by Charlie, Bershka Shorts from Bikini Wave, Jelly Nelly Sandals

There are times when I fear for the future. After becoming a mom, it was then I realized that anything, good or bad, could happen at anytime and even when you least expect it. I always tell myself to stop worrying and to just keep calm. Despite all that reminder, I always end up overthinking all the time. It probably has something to do with how I wanted things to be perfect all the time. 


The surprising thing about perfection is that it comes to us in the most unexpected way possible. Nothing will make sense to you until everything has been done. Opportunities tend to show themselves when we least expect them. What seem to be a hardship will provide us something great. What we perceive as perfect may not really be meant for us. It may be frustrating. But I believe that we would always end up getting what we deserve and we only deserve what is truly best for us.


Hype this look!




I guess it is true that the reason why people go on vacations and retreats is to find themselves. It may seem cliche but these really seem therapeutic to me. It is only in solitude will you be able to remind yourself of your purpose and goals. No distractions, just being alone in peace. It will help you forget what is bad so that you'll be able to face everything when you go back with a fresh and positive mind. 


I know this post does not seem to make sense cause it's supposed to be an outfit post. But I just wanted to share how real I am; that I have struggles and insecurities just like any other woman and I am doing my best to over come them. This quick vacation has indeed helped me freshen up my mind to make me ready for the coming school year. I truly hope we all find peace within ourselves.

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19 June 2015

Choosing the Perfect Wedding Shoes



There is always a need for a woman to look perfect on her wedding day. Of course, looking perfect does not only comprise of an elegant wedding dress but also of her other accessories such as her bag and shoes. Although it is not one of the first things that people would notice in a bride, shoes are extremely important part of one’s outfit and must be carefully picked out to give one a comfortable walk down the aisle. Have not found the perfect wedding shoes yet? Here are some tips that will help you come up with “the one”:

1. Comfort above all else.


When choosing for a pair of wedding shoes, comfort must be the first thing that you should consider. Since you will be walking on that pair for hours, choose a pair that is not too high so that you won’t strain your feet. If you prefer high heels though, look for a wedge shoes since they tend to give more comfort than stilettos.

2. Consider “where?”.


The location of your wedding could also be a factor in choosing your perfect wedding shoes. For beach weddings, there is no way you could walk down the aisle with your 4 inch heels. And for garden weddings, it would likewise be impossible to walk in stilettos at ease. Always choose a pair that is appropriate for the venue.

3. Be you!


It is amazing how wedding shoes have evolved through the years. Aside from typical white wedding shoes, there are now all sorts of shoes which a bride can choose from. If you are a certified glamorous diva, a pair of sparkly pair of shoes with rhinestones would be awesome. For our sweet and romantic ladies, a pair of shoes with pearls or lace would absolutely match you. And for our rock star brides, a pair of boots will definitely be a perfect choice. 


With all that said, it is still practical to buy affordable shoes that will provide you quality and comfort. Of course, there are numerous online shops online, like Dylan Queen, which offers all these. For more details, please visit: http://www.dylanqueen.com/shoes/.

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17 June 2015

Making the Switch with LED Card Lamps



As a mom, I constantly make changes around the house as Z grows. I am sure that other moms out there could relate to this. There are several home decors that need to be changed or replaced as time passes by. For example, we are accustomed to sleeping with lights on because of Z. Now, I think we are ready to switch to lamps during bed time. Of course, there is nothing wrong with sleeping with lights on. But turning it off can be a good practice for parents and kids in teaching the latter how to save energy later on. One good way to make the transition fun and exciting for kids is to use LED Card Lamps


If you have not heard about LED Card Lamps yet, they are basically lamps that are as small as a credit card. But there is nothing really minor about its numerous features. First of all, it is lightweight and very compact. Several could fit in a bedside desk. It could probably be even mounted on your kids’ bedroom wall as a wall decor. It also comes in different colors, shapes, and styles such that would surely amuse your kids. Among the styles that are available are stars, bulbs, rabbits, hearts, and several others. The best thing about this LED Card Lamp is that it is extremely affordable. One costs $0.69 with free worldwide shipping at http://www.gearbest.com/


This product is very easy to use, too! Just pop up the cutout of the LED Card Lamp and it will instantly provide you with light. The batteries can be replaced too so you do not have to dispose the product itself every time it runs out of power. These are indeed perfect decors for kids’ bedrooms because they themselves could operate it easily. Home improvement and adapting to our kids’ needs and progresses are now made easy with the help of numerous products that are available online. Looking for more home decor aside from LED Card Lamps? Check out more home decor HERE!

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16 June 2015

Andi Manzano Shares Baby’s Firsts with Pampers FirstBook



Every day marks new adventures, new experiences and new milestones for babies, and as much as possible, moms would like to record and preserve every moment in a special way.  This is especially true for celebrity mom and Pampers brand ambassador Andi Manzano. 

“Having an online scrapbook of baby’s precious milestones can really make a difference in every mom’s life,” Andi shared. “It is like Facebook meant for our babies!”

To help moms easily cherish and treasure baby’s many firsts in life, the world’s no.1 diaper brand recently introduced a fun and exciting online app FirstBook. The app allows moms to share photos and videos of baby’s first achievements in just a snap!

Andi Manzano Shares Baby’s Firsts with Pampers FirstBook
Pampers brand ambassador Andi Manzano with daughter Pilar Olivia

During the launch of FirstBook, the ever beautiful Andi expressed her excitement and some worries about embracing motherhood.  “I can’t wait to see her and touch her for the first time, yet I’m also a bit nervous,” she said. “For now, I’m just really praying for a safe and easy delivery.”

The stars aligned and Andi, together with her hubby GP, welcomed a beautiful and healthy baby girl named Pilar Olivia. "There are no words that can describe that moment when they hand you your baby and you hold her for the very first time," she said in a social media post.

From the first sight of baby Pilar Olivia to her first touch to her first cry, Andi’s FirstBook posts now include her little girl’s first long nap, their first photo shoot together, her first car ride, and many more precious moments. After posting baby’s 12 first milestones in FirstBook, Andi can already publish her very own FirstMovie, a personalized video of baby Pilar Olivia’s firsts.

The launch of FirstBook also coincided with the unveiling of Pampers’ best and driest diaper in 10 years, the all-new Pampers Baby Dry. This new diaper provides up to 12 hours of superior overnight dryness, through a new core technology that features a Soft Touch-Dry Layer, which quickly absorbs wetness to keep it away from baby’s skin, and Magic Gel, which helps absorb and lock in up to 7 wettings, from night until morning. 

With the innovations of the Pampers Baby Dry, it is now easier for mommies to ensure their precious ones a night of complete sleep – a process that helps babies greet the next day with happier hearts, healthier bodies, stronger minds and many firsts in life.

“With these newest surprises from Pampers – Firstbook and Pampers Baby Dry – we can greet each morning with smiles on our faces and gladly celebrate our journey of firsts with our precious ones,” shared Andi. 

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14 June 2015

Celebrate Father’s Day with Baskin-Robbins ice cream cakes




With Father’s Day around the corner it’s time to think of all the wonderful ways we can make daddy feel loved and special! To make the decision making process easier, Baskin-Robbins has come up with a cool lineup of festive, eye-catching Father’s Day ice cream cakes including The Cold One Cake and The Tool Box Cake. The former is an innovative ice cream cake inspired by a beer mug to add a fun and festive touch to Dad’s special celebration while the Tool Box Cake is another novel ice cream cake design that features decorative chocolate tools and blue icing, perfect for the “handyman Dad”. Father’s Day ice cream cakes can be customized to feature Dad’s favorite ice cream flavor combination. Visit Baskin-Robbins shops at the Central Square, Bonifacio Global City; Greenbelt 5, Makati; Fairview Terraces and Trinoma Mall in Quezon City. For more details about Baskin-Robbins, visit www.baskinrobbins.ph or check out their Facebook (facebook.com/baskinrobbinsph), Twitter and Instagram (baskinrobbinsph) accounts.

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12 June 2015

#PullitOff with Acer this School Year!



In this age of technological advancement, one of the many gadgets that a student must have is a reliable computer. Especially for college students who are faced with endless presentations and home works that must be accomplished through a computer and most of the reading materials of whom are now available online or have digital copies which are more convenient, one must have a computer that is not only student budget friendly but also performs well. Are you still on a search for the perfect gadget for school? Global tech titan, Acer got you covered! #PullitOff this school year with Aspire Switch 12, Aspire Switch 11 and Aspire Switch 10 E!

Acer Aspire Switch 12 is an intuitive and immersive 5-in-1 device that can be used as a laptop, tablet with keyboard or not, or even as a desktop PC through its 5 modes—notebook, pad, display, tent and desktop.


Aspire Switch 12 is powerful in terms of computing abilities, responsive and vivid graphics yet consumes low power, thanks to its new Intel® Core™ M processor and smooth-running Windows 8.1 operating system.Its big, 12.5-inch display screen, protected against accidental bumps and scratches by Corning® Gorilla® Glass keeps up with the always-active student lifestyle. Its full HD display lets you see everything as clear as a whistle regardless of angle or extreme lighting condition. The touch-screen display has anti-fingerprint capabilities to prevent those unappealing smudges from splotching the screen.


Need a buddy that is as versatile as you? With Aspire Switch 11’s unique Acer Snap Hinge™, you can flip, rotate, or detach it in a snap. Its invisible force of magnetism lets you detach the tablet seamlessly and snap it back on whenever and wherever you need it. The spacious chiclet keyboard is perfect for taking down long notes because it assures comfortable typing and solid tactile feedback. Supported by six touchpad gestures, Aspire Switch 11’s Precision Touchpad guarantees gestures as fluid as touchscreen gestures.


Express yourself freely with Aspire Switch 10 E’s range of trendy colors that work perfectly with its dynamic shape and elegant textile-pattern texturing. This 2-in-1 runs on Windows 8.1 and features all the Microsoft Office programs1 you need to get home works done. Its Intel quad-core processor and 12 hours of battery life make the Aspire Switch 10 E the ideal tool for group studies. 



The Aspire Switch 10 E also comes with the Acer SwitchLock™ that lets you lock this keyboard dock’s HDD so it only works with the tablet part. Protect all you HDD data by snapping the tablet off the keyboard and snap it back on to unlock it.

But Acer doesn’t stop by just offering an absolutely stunning digital device. From May 25 to June 30, 2015, buyers of an Aspire Switch 12 or any Aspire Switch 2-in-1 netbooks will get an Instax Mini 8 camera absolutely for free! Get an Acer Iconia W1 2-in-1 netbook and get a FREE Smart Bro 4G Pocket Wi-Fi. Acer’s promo in partnership with Smart Communications runs from May 15 to June 15, 2015.

I've been using Acer Aspire One for years now and I think it is time to make that switch to Acer Aspire Switch 12. Especially for law students like me, it would be perfect for reading cases and making case digests and other paper works. These gadgets are definitely your aid to #PullitOff! Acer knows you need the perfect school buddy you can count on to help you get those grades you aspire for. 

For more information about the exciting Acer Aspire Series and other 2-in-1 devices, visit the Acer Philippines Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AcerPH), follow Acer via Twitter (twitter.com/acerphils), or go to www.acer.com.ph.

XO, Mish


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11 June 2015

Cuts 4 Tots Hair Salon at Ayala Fairview Terraces



Before Ayala Fairview Terraces opened, we regularly had Z's haircut at a hair salon in SM Fairview and he never liked going there. He would usually cry whenever he realizes that we are approaching the hair salon and he would also cry (a lot) while having his haircut. We even have to let him sit in our laps since he does not want to sit in the kiddie chair. So when we discovered Cuts 4 Tots at Fairview Terraces, we decided to give it a try to see how Z will respond to their services. 


Cuts 4 Tots is a kiddie salon located at the lower ground floor of Ayala Fairview Terraces mall (near Meet My Feet and Little Martians). The first thing I noticed about this salon is how inviting it appears. The lighting, wall decals, and furniture are all very attractive, especially to little kids. For little kids, they have cars installed as seats where they could watch a movie while having their haircut. They likewise have nice and comfortable chairs for big kids and adults and a spacious waiting area for companions. 


During his first haircut at Cuts 4 Tots, there were still tears and he was still uncomfortable sitting on the car chair so he had the haircut while sitting on my lap. However, during our next visit, he finally let us put him on the car chair. We just have to give him toys from the shelf every now and then so that he'll stay put. He also did not cry at all! During our latest visit, we did not need to check on him as he is comfortable sitting on the car chair already. He even stayed still during the entire duration of his haircut.

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The only drawback I could think of Cuts 4 Tots is that their services are quite pricey. Their Kiddie Haircut (for ages 0 to 10) is priced at P330, while adult haircut (for ages 11 and up) is priced at P220. However, I think that the services they offer is worth the price. Especially for little kids that needs entertaining, I could say that the people at Cuts 4 Tots were able to provide that exceptionally. I was also satisfied with Z's haircut, as well. They really know how to handle kids so that cuts on the skin could be avoided. If you want to save a bit on your kids' haircuts, you may avail of their I AM SPECIAL! Membership Card which entitles the bearer to a 10% discount on kiddie services for 1 year. This is very sulit especially for boys who need haircut every now and then. We got Z one. :)


If you are looking for the best hair salon for kids within the Fairview area, Cuts 4 Tots is definitely the first place you should try out! From having fear of haircuts, Z now enjoys having his haircut as they were able to turn that bad experience into a fun and wonderful one. He even sometimes refuses to go out of the salon after his haircut. That's how much he loves this place and I am happy that we finally discovered it.

XO, Mish 


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09 June 2015

Mercato Centrale & Glorietta Presents: BELLYSIMA! Food Festival 2015



Looking for a new activity to try out this coming Independence Day Weekend? Why not go on a unique food trip with your family or friends as the organizers of the popular night food market Mercato Centrale comes up with the BELLYSIMA! Food Festival 2015 - the launch pad for passionate up-and-coming food entrepreneurs to share their artisanal food creations alongside healthy and organic food products with equally passionate food enthusiasts!

Mercato Centrale & Glorietta Presents: BELLYSIMA! Food Festival 2015

From flavored flans to artisan sausages to edible cookie dough to carabao chicharon to twisted gelato flavors to chili-flavored coffee syrups to organic detox juices to chocolate-flavored surprises! And that’s just the tip of the taste buds.

Set your tummies free this June 12 and 13 at the Glorietta 5 Atrium and be one of the lucky 500 participants to taste and evaluate some of the most exciting gourmet, healthy, artisan and organic food creations from over 30 local vendors.

Bring the whole family to enjoy heirloom recipes, regional delicacies, innovative pastries and desserts, experimental dishes, organic and all-natural healthy food alternatives, and more! Note: Remember to wear adjustable waistbands because you’re going on a revolutionary food trip!

Mercato Centrale & Glorietta Presents: BELLYSIMA! Food Festival 2015

Here is a list of the participants to look out for:

BACH’S BANGUS DAGUPAN
Frozen bangus, daing na bangus, rellenong bangus

BLUSH PASTRIES
Cheesecake, Oreo cookies, flavored cupcakes

BRAVO DELI
Baked products

CHOCO LOCCO
Chocolates, cacao, tablea

COCOA MONSTERS
Chocolate and cocoa-related products, including chocolate-coated dried mangoes

COOKIE STICKS
Cookies in stick form

DELICANE
Fresh sugarcane juices

FRIGGIES
Healthy fruits and vegetable juices

GAVIENS NATIVE CAKES
Traditional Filipino rice cakes

GOOD FOOD
Handcrafted items and organic produce

GORBY BALLS
Graham balls

HEALTHY MONSTERS PH
Salad in a jar

HEALTHY SHOTS MANILA
Detox and cleansing juices

HOMEGROWN ORGANICS
Fresh vegetables, organic kale pesto, atchara

IRRI – PHILIPPINE HEIRLOOM RICE
Heirloom rice varieties from the Cordilleras

JACOB’S PRALINE PEANUT BUTTER
Praline peanut butter

KURIKIPU
Hot and iced brewed coffee, pasta, healthy juices, brownies

LOKALITEA
Turmeric tea

LOTUS POD PH
Fresh vegetables

MADE BY MAX
Nut butter spreads

MILETTE KAKANIN
Various homemade traditional Filipino rice cakes and other delicacies

MILEA BEE FARM
Organic honey and other honey-based products

MILKMAN DAIRY BAR
Edible cookie dough and cereal milk

MIO GELATI
Fresh and authentic Italian ice cream

MR. MONTY
Tofu with veggies siomai and various special sauces like chili and chili garlic in coconut oil

PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY
Imported goodies

PIPER’S PAN
Mini cakes

PURE ENERGY
Kalabasa and beet delicacies, beet healthy drinks

PURPLE BUDS
Red velvet crinkles and other baked products

REYSONS FOOD
Dolci bottled coffee jelly

RITZY PINK SHOPPE
Baked chicken embutido, banana cupcakes and oatmeal cookies

SALATA PH
Salad dressings and sauces, healthy snacks

TOUCH OF ELLEHCAR
Cupcakes

TREATS OF TRIX
Cheesecakes in a jar

WISE EATS FOODS
Artisan sausages, chorizos, vegetable preserves, salad dressings, etc.

The BELLYSIMA! Food Festival is brought to you by Mercato Centrale in partnership with Glorietta and is co-presented by OurAwesomePlanet.com and Ayala Malls, together with our media partners The Philippine Star, Entrepreneur Magazine, Yummy Magazine, GoNegosyo, WhenInManila.com, Solar Entertainment, 103.5 KLite and Globe My Business.

For more information, contact us through any of the following:
Email: admin@mercatocentrale.ph
Contact: 0917-8401152

XO, Mish


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06 June 2015

Starmobile Launches PH’s First Line of Digital TV Phones - Knight Vision, UP Max, and UP Vision



Gone are the days when mobile phones are limited to their call and text functions. Nowadays, they boast of amazing features that incorporate other aspects of our everyday lives into a single gadget. We could now listen to music anywhere, take superb photos, and do more with our mobile phones. We could now also watch TV on some mobile phones available in the market. And that feature is made even better through the launch of the first line of Digital TV Phones in the Philippine market by no other than the country's most innovative mobile brand - Starmobile.

Starmobile Launches PH’s First Line of Digital TV Phones - Knight Vision, UP Max, and UP Vision
Starmobile Launches PH’s First Line of Digital TV Phones - Knight Vision, UP Max, and UP Vision

During an event held a few days back at Burgers and Brewskies in Estancia, we were the first to witness this new line of Digital TV Phones. These mobile hybrids allow you to watch cable-quality Digital TV (DTV) Channels for FREE anytime and anywhere DTV services are available. You can choose from three models: the big-screen KNIGHT Vision, the slender UP Vision, and the big battery UP Max.

Starmobile Launches PH’s First Line of Digital TV Phones - Knight Vision, UP Max, and UP Vision
Knight Vision (P9,990)

Leading the pack is the KNIGHT Vision (P9,990). It comes with a quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM, an HD screen in-plane switching, which means that images look great from any angle. It comes with real-time recording technology so you never have to miss a moment in your favorite sport or drama. Its camera is equipped with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) technology, which keeps your photos blur-free and sharp. A physical anti-shake mechanism will allow you to take better videos, which are sure to be great with a 13MP rear camera with Sony EXMOR technology as well as an 8MP front camera for selfie goodness. 

The phone has an internal memory capacity of 16GB, though a Micro SD card slot ensures you can add up to 64GB to that. Meanwhile, there’s no need to worry that your TV viewing will result in a dead phone as the 2450mAh Lithium Polymer battery gives you up to four hours TV time, 15 hours talk time, and up to 15 days on standby mode.

Starmobile Launches PH’s First Line of Digital TV Phones - Knight Vision, UP Max, and UP Vision
UP Vision (P5,990)

The UP Vision (P5,990) has more streamlined power, but it still packs quite a punch. This digital TV phone is the slimmest and lightest phone of the bunch, which means it’ll fit like a dream into most pockets and just about any purse. It features a 1800-mAh battery that comes with up to 9 hours talk time and about 10 and a half days on standby mode. Its got a 13MP rear camera that sports an AF Sony BSI lens with a Blue Glass Filter and an 8MP front camera from Samsung.

Starmobile Launches PH’s First Line of Digital TV Phones - Knight Vision, UP Max, and UP Vision
UP Max (P7,490)

The UP Max (P7,490) is built to outlast its older siblings thanks to its ultra-amped up 5000mAH battery, which is the largest on any smartphone currently on the market. With it you can enjoy up to 10 hours DTV time, 24 hours talk time, and a whopping 41.25 days on standby mode. At 9.6mm—the slimmest for a phone with a 5000mAh battery--its design remains sleek and ergonomically perfect in the palm. Plus, it comes with a DTV antenna dongle which you can simply remove when you’re not watching TV. 

This Android Lollipop-powered phone also comes with an enhanced user interface, better app compatibility, and improved security features, including mobile anti theft technology and data protection. Last but not the least, the UP Max also comes with a 13MP Sony IMX 135 with EXMOR RS sensor, which means you can snap photos in low-light and have them come out like a dream.

Starmobile Launches PH’s First Line of Digital TV Phones - Knight Vision, UP Max, and UP Vision
It's a full house at Burgers & Brewskies in Estancia as friends from the entertainment, lifestyle, broadsheets, and digital media get first dibs on Starmobile's Digital TV phones

The technology and versatility of DTV phones mark a new era in Philippine mobile functionality. Starmobile has always put the wants and needs of Pinoy mobile users first. Admit it or not, TV is a huge part of Filipinos' everyday lives whether it's for general info or entertainment purposes. Not a day passes by without us watching the latest news on TV or enjoying our fave soap operas. With that kind of modern and very mobile lifestyle, Starmobile has come up with it's first line of Digital TV Phones. What sets these mobile phones apart is that they made watching TV more accessible and convenient for consumers. 

Starmobile Launches PH’s First Line of Digital TV Phones - Knight Vision, UP Max, and UP Vision
The fun boys of Boys Night Out, also Starmobile brand ambassadors, host the lunch affair for Starmobile Digital TV Phone launch

Watching shows via DTV Phones makes TV a solo affair. You can now watch your favorite TV channels on your mobile through Starmobile without having to fight for control of the remote control whenever your favorite show is on air. Also, digital recording spreads viewing times out. Real-time recording functions on Starmobile digital TV phones mean that you can wait until you are free to do so before you watch a TV show you’ve been meaning to catch. That frees up your social life so you don’t have to make the decision between finding out what happens on the season finale of your favorite show and meeting your barkada for dinner.

Starmobile Launches PH’s First Line of Digital TV Phones - Knight Vision, UP Max, and UP Vision
Starmobile Product Marketing Manager Elijah Mendoza

Moreover, 'anytime, anywhere’ means quality TV programming can and should be 24/7. With the Starmobile DTV phones, now you can watch your shows in bed even without a TV in your room, and you can record shows you might not be able to watch when they air. Lastly, the crisper, high-quality video means more emphasis on great artistry. Any advances in the quality of video the average viewer can watch have called for the industry to update the way they do things, from the makeup techniques used on actors to visual effects achieved through filming or production.


Starmobile Launches PH’s First Line of Digital TV Phones - Knight Vision, UP Max, and UP Vision
The stellar lineup of Starmobile Digital TV Phones, new innovations that will change the way we watch TV forever

Even if you’re not a TV addict, you’ll still get a lot of use out of your digital TV phone. Gamers will love the responsiveness of the system as well as the HD screen, something people who download a lot of videos will get a kick out of, too, apart from the huge memory available for use. Instagrammers and photo-foodies will appreciate the great cameras these come equipped with, as will folks who like to capture moments in time via video (like parents and travel junkies). Honestly, I can see myself watching TV and killing time with these DTV Phones during my long commutes to and from school. 

The UP Vision and the KNIGHT Vision are now available in Starmobile Stores and Kiosks nationwide while the UP Max will be available beginning the second week of June. 

To learn more, visit the Starmobile website at www.starmobile.com.ph. You can also search for “Happy Man by Starmobile” on Facebook or follow @happymanPH on Twitter and Instagram.

XO, Mish


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